Carton Of Milk
Carton Brewing Company

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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #540
Ranked #19,711
3.83 | pDev: 9.4%
Nov 24, 2021
Jan 22, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: The key to a sessionable beer is the way it evolves over time well spent. Here we took an extremely dark malt bill and dulled its edges with the addition of lactose and nitro conditioning, then we wafted black currant notes of Bullion hops through the middle. Nuanced to keep it an interesting part of a gathering while neither dominating nor being inconsequential to banter. Drink Carton Of Milk because it does a session good.

SRM: 42
IBU: 26
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Finally properly reviewing this one…

Pours a darn dark brown, light only penetrates the edges. Beautiful light brown thick and creamy nitro head. Substantial lacing.

Earthy, char, mild tobacco smoke and dark chocolate.

Taste has all the same going on but the roasty char notes are more prominent. It combines with the earthy hop bitterness and lingers pleasantly in the aftertaste.

Light body, a coating of roast coats the tongue and this beer finishes with a really nice bitter bite.

I’ve always thought of this beer as boats darker alter ego. The same incredible balance and drinkability with roast replacing bitter citrus. A great beer.
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hadn't had a Carton beer in a while, as I thought that they "lost their way" according to my last review. I only said that because I wasn't seeing it traded at Other Half like I did when I first started going there, but part of it was that I wasn't finding as many of their beers on the shelf here as I did in years past, let alone ones that I hadn't tried before. Thankfully, I found a single can of this at the Bottle King in Livingston and though that I'd give it a go!

This was enjoyable, for sure, although it felt as much a Porter as it did a Sweet/Milk Stout. Naturally, the hue to this was nearly black with a bit of garnet seeping in around the edges. a massive, full head of khaki foam topped this off as it was quite a contrast to the liquid itself. That took a while to settle, even with the big bubbles that floated to the top, as the lacing left behind was mostly in the form of a thick ring near the middle of my pint glass. Not the strongest of aromas here but what was discernible was the dark and roasted malt, black currant, dark bread, charcoal, and a hint of lactose as the taste was quite dry, subtly sweet, and plenty dark as the slickness and lively carbonation were enough to ensure a pleasant experience!

An underlying sense of coffee bean, molasses, and sarsaparilla emerged as this warmed up with the near-unimaginable amount of alcohol never being a factor since I couldn't taste or feel it at any point during my time with this. Only a hint of cloying lactose in the aftertaste was a reminder that this had lactose in it, as this was one of the most complex session beers that I've had in quite some time - if not ever! Canned on 12/16 with "JOURNEY BEGAN" written above it and "START @46 F" written below it, this was enjoyable and a fun take on the style but hard to categorize without looking it up first. Give this a go as it could easily be Breakfast Stout or something to have dessert with, and hope that it comes with a widget the next time around. This deserves a proper pour for a most unusual, and surprisingly pleasing, take on the style.
Mar 31, 2021
Rated: 3.38 by CruzinCooler from New Jersey

Nov 07, 2020
Rated: 3.52 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Apr 11, 2020
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A- Goblet takes up a tallboy which pours a black brew that has some deep brown around the very edges. The head has a thick and creamy texture from the nitro and a nutty tan hue. The one finger crown has good retention leaving a large ring at the edges, some small islands atop the beer and lacing impressive with wide thin sheets coating a lot of the glass.

S- For the most part malty. The aroma shows off roasted grain about as true as you could with charred barley notes coming on very strong suggesting bitter baking chocolate, espresso beans and char. That is joined by suggestions of medium sweetness and toasted nuttiness. Fairly straightforward but effective and clean with big strength.

T- Not too surprised as the taste finds less strength than the aroma and for the most part this is my biggest issue with nitro beers, they lose that oomph. Still plenty of nice malt flavors like strong bitter roast barley, chocolate malts, toasted nuts, medium sweetness and some caramel. Hints of dark fruits, coffee, fresh mashed barley, licorice and cocoa powder but compared to the aroma it feels a bit watered down/timid.

MF- The body just feels light and with the ABV that makes sense but with the nitro you might expect a creamier, silkier feeling. Light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Very inviting aroma leads to a flavor that still showcases nice roasted grains and a body that is probably the most underwhelming part of the brew as it comes off as a bit too light.
Apr 04, 2020
Rated: 3.62 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Mar 28, 2020
Rated: 3.97 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Feb 03, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by BallsDeep from Florida

Jan 24, 2020
Rated: 4 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Jan 24, 2020
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Reviewed by JRed from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Muddy black in body with dark khaki head. Aroma of cocoa, earth, cinnamon. Tastes of cocoa, earth, milk, cinnamon sticks, coffee grounds. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Medium light carbonation ,medium body with a creamy feel
Aroma is roasted malt, sweet milk, char, some dark chocolate
Taste is very similar to aroma. Roasted malt and sweet condensed milk. The lactose really shows up in this milk stout. Very low bitterness and heavy on the roasted malts
Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 3.42 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by ChipChaight from New York

Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by xungmound98 from New York

Jul 02, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by Eychung from New York

Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a Guinness pub style glass. (because brewery’s instructions say flat bottomed glass) Bombing this beer into the glass (another brewery instruction) provides wonderful sights of a quick rush of black liquid that melds into a dark brown while bubbles of nitrogen quickly form a delightful, thick, peanut butter fudge looking crown. The beer itself is a very deep brown; it looks entirely black in the glass until holding it to light reveals highlights of ruby and mahogany shades. It maintains a pinky width of crown throughout the entirety and leaves slight lacing.

The nose offers dark, roasty and sweet malts. Slightly burnt, bitter bakers chocolate takes the show away with the prominence but allows notes of dried, dark fruit to tangle through as well. It definitely doesn’t smell like anything was sacrificed to make this sessionable, which I love.

The taste brings in fresh, dry and not yet roasted coffee beans that show themselves sitting on top of that bitter baker chocolate presence. The dark, dried fruits like currants and burnt blackberries come in about halfway through and carry you the rest of the way through the tunnel, while the bitterness is leading the way with a flashlight.

The mouthfeel is somewhat on the thinner side (which I always seem to think about nitrogen beers) but offers a nice creaminess. While the bitterness isn’t overpowering, it is the one aspect that stays in this beer from beginning to end.

Overall, this is a pretty good treat. I love the fact they made a stout that is this sessionable (4%) without having the feeling that anything was sacrificed.
Apr 14, 2019
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
DATE: March 8, 2019... OCCASION: watching Iron Man III with the family... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint... pours a dark black body, with a finger-thick, persistent brown head, which appears creamy and lactic... light, sweet and lactic, with the hint of coffee bean and thick cream... slight hints of vanilla and candied sugars... whoa, this is smooth and uncomplicated--worthy of consistent sipping and easy thinking... at 4%, mellow, surprisingly memorable, and a good warm-up for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day weekend... this is reasonably flavorful, with chocolate and sweet milk and light vanilla making a nitro shake of a cola-type quality... the brackish quality of this makes it a different kind of stout, one that instigates a more nuanced experience... the toasted malts are appreciable, and the hops provide a bit of uplift... this is one I have passed by often but am glad to finally have met.... as far as other sweet stouts go, somewhat nuanced, but not a destination brew...
Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Wiffler27 from North Carolina

Mar 03, 2019
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
16 ounce can, dated 1/3/19, in a snifter style glass.

Near pitch black pour, British Tan colored film - no head - a few spots of lacing, at best.

Dark malt, roasted. Lots of mineral char, mother's milk sweetness.

There's little flavor. Some charred malt and sugar. Sweet liquified burnt toast.

Thin and light. Yes, it's a 4.0% abv, but carton calls it a stout. It's not.

"Nuanced"? Yeah, sure.
Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by Bum4ever from California

Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice pitch black. The head is 1 finger, tan, frothy, with decent retention. No lacing on the glass.
The nose has a nice lactose touch. Nothing too strong, but it's there.
Taste - Nice and roasted malts up front and it's backed up by the lactose. No hops tasted, as expected.
The body is lighter, but not watery. The roasted malts do linger a bit in my mouth.
This Milk is quite delicious and good for a cold fall night.
Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by SmashAdams from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
It's definitely not remarkable but also not bad. Easy drinking, tastes mostly like Guinness, well made. Nitro always gives off a bit of a metallic flavor for me so I'm not crazy about that. nb
Nov 14, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by hkyplyr73 from New York

Nov 09, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Vylo from New Jersey

Oct 16, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by chiefz1 from New York

Sep 09, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by Xxambersky89 from New York

Jun 17, 2018
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
There's very few flavors that capture the taste of the British Isles more than stout. Sessionable, roasty, creamy and balanced with milk sugars, the nitro milk stout of Carton borrows a taste of Ireland and superimposes it on an English cream stout foundation.

Carton of Milk, cleverly named and ready to drink, pours onyx black and crowned with a dense blanket of sandy foam. Robust in its roasty profile but mild in its impact on the nose, the beer's scent is subtle with chocolate, nutty, creamy and coffee-like influence. Malty sweet with a creamy sweetness and a caramelized base, an upfront flavor of malted milk chocolate greets the tongue.

Sweetness dissolves quickly on the tongue as the nitrogen infused ale falls flat on the middle palate. An arid sense of coffee grounds, cocoa powder and roasted walnut pulls from the sweetness and extends into a deep after palate of woodsy bitterness and chicory spice.

Medium bodied and somewhat thick early, the bubbles escape from the stout swiftly and the finish trends thin, watering and ashy. A medium aftertaste of spent coffee grounds and burnt caramel adds a savory fleeting memory without much fatigue on the tongue.
Apr 30, 2018
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a glass in the Carton Brewery tasting room in Atlantic Heights, NJ.
A: Pours a very dark brown to black color. Dramatic clearing like a Guinness Nitro leaving moderate head retention and lacing
S: Aroma of coffee and chocolate predominate. Maybe a little vanilla bean
T: Complex. Palate follows the nose with bitterness contributing to the overall melange.
M: No more than medium bodied with excellent, robust carbonation. Very creamy.
O: Really impressed by the "session" stout. Enjoyed the more light-bodied take on the style.
Apr 15, 2018
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Reviewed by RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Beer pours a very dark black body. The nitro keeps a large amount of head all throughout the beer. Small amount of lacing stays behind. Very nice looking beer.

S: The main smell is of roasted coffee. Also getting some sweet notes of chocolate. The coffee is the dominant smell in this beer. Not much outside of chocolate and coffee going on in this beer.

T: Coffee and chocolate here just like the nose. Unlike the nose the two flavors seem to clash with each other. Very watered down flavors overall and and the two largest flavors don't work together.

M: The nitro makes the beer creamier than normal. Mouthfeel, however, is very watered down and too thin for my liking. The session style of the beer makes for an easy time drinking.

O: Average, at best, beer. Typically coffee and chocolate match well but that isn't the case here. Very watery flavor to the beer. The nitro keeps a good amount of head while drinking. The rest of the beer does not hold up to the look.
Apr 02, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Canned 2/13/18.

Very shiny dark black color with a creamy, steamy cap of beige, 1 finger tall.

Aroma is wow. Lots of fresh coffee beans and dark chocolate hiding behind that. Very simple, very succinct, very inviting.

Dark chocolate and coffee at equal volumes impart bitterness and acidity respectively. Suggestions of vanilla, and a strong finish of cracked black pepper. Pepper starts becoming one-noted as the beer warms a bit.

Feel is creamy and smooth as expected for a Nitro beer, a touch watery but less watery than most Nitros. An aquified, roasty, dry finish.

Overall a decent beer nothing groundbreaking. Nice coffee flavor and smooth velvety feel.
Mar 09, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 3.76 by tjg584 from Tennessee

Feb 05, 2018
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Reviewed by dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile.
Jan 05, 2018
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Reviewed by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Carton.

Really does have a resemblance in both taste and mouthfeel to a glass of milk. Pretty amazing. Malty and creamy, definitely not sweet at all and easy to drink. More of a novelty than something you want to drink every day.
Nov 25, 2017
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Reviewed by seedyone from New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Carton is my new crush & this does not disappoint. The aroma is the most impressive thing here. Deep dark mahogany color with tan, lasting rim of a head that disperses a vague lacing. The aroma is carries a dark espresso bitterness that doesn't follow on the tongue. That's not to say there's no flavor, there's plenty of that. It's just that the smoothness dissipates the bitter. nice balance.
Nov 01, 2017
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by swanfungus from California

Aug 18, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by dextermcgurk from New York

Jul 21, 2017
Rated: 3.76 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

Jul 19, 2017
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